Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
May 4, 2022
The City of Fernandina Beach recognized the value of tourism to the community with a Proclamation declaring the week of May 1-7, 2022, “National Travel and Tourism Week.” Amelia Island TDC Managing Director/Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Mr. Gil Langley and Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Chief Marketing Officer Amy Boek accepted the Proclamation at the May 3, 2022 Regular Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC).
The proclamation laid out the many benefits that the hospitality industry brings to the local economy including: supporting over 36% of jobs, generating 38% of sales taxes revenue, and more than $53 million in net economic benefits.
Langley presented a newly created video available on YouTube that gives a more in depth examination of the importance of tourism to the local economy.